Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Luscombe 8A, N71971: Accident occurred August 19, 2017 at Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport (KLBX), Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas 

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N71971

Location: ANGLETON, TX
Accident Number: GAA17CA510
Date & Time: 08/19/2017, 1400 CDT
Registration: N71971
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing, the airplane ground looped.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing. 

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing, the airplane ground looped.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/02/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/24/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 18000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 200 hours (Total, this make and model), 15000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LUSCOMBE
Registration: N71971
Model/Series: 8 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 3398
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/18/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2063.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C65
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLBX, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site:  1°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 24°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  Light and Variable, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ANGLETON, TX (LBX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Destination: ANGLETON, TX (LBX)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: TEXAS GULF COAST RGNL (LBX)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 25 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:  7000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:  1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  29.101944, -95.462222 (est) Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N71971

Location: ANGLETON, TX
Accident Number: GAA17CA510
Date & Time: 08/19/2017, 1400 CDT
Registration: N71971
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing, the airplane ground looped.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/02/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/24/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 18000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 200 hours (Total, this make and model), 15000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LUSCOMBE
Registration: N71971
Model/Series: 8 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 3398
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/18/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2063.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C65
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLBX, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site:  1°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 24°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  Light and Variable, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ANGLETON, TX (LBX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Destination: ANGLETON, TX (LBX)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: TEXAS GULF COAST RGNL (LBX)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 25 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:  7000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:  1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  29.101944, -95.462222 (est)

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